VIDEO: Sheffield Wednesday's 'offside' goal a 'game-changer', says Rotherham United boss Paul Warne

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Rotherham United's 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday may have hinged on a 'game-changer' of a decision at the New York Stadium last night, according to manager Paul Warne.

The Millers had been the better team in the opening stages of the South Yorkshire derby, but were dealt a hammer blow by the opening goal from Owls frontman Steven Fletcher, who appeared to be offside when he slotted past Lewis Price.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne shows his despair during the Millers 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne shows his despair during the Millers 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday

And though they rallied, Rotherham would fall further behind thanks to another from Fletcher, this time with no complaints, just before the break which effectively killed off the home side's challenge.

Warne, who is expected to be announced as manager on a full-time basis today, was happy with how his side started, but felt the first goal, against the run of play, was crucial in how the match would pan out.

"I thought first half we were pretty good, I thought we were brighter than them and I was pleased with that," he said. "Unfortunately I thought their first goal was offside, I've seen it back and it looks offside to me.

"It was a bit of a game-changer for us. No-one here expected us to win but our lads are psychologically damaged, I've said that before so to have a blow like that is harsh. Then obviously to go 2-0 down, it was a great cross and to be fair it was an amazing header."